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The Road to Worlds, 2010 World Championships Review - Part I

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

14th October 2010

63 players. 19 tournaments. Four days. This is the first half of the story of the 2010 World Championships held in Frankfurt, Germany.

The full address for all events was:
carathotel Frankfurt Airport
An der Brücke 10
64546 Mörfelden-Walldorf

Friday 1st OctoberSaturday 2nd OctoberSunday 3rd OctoberMonday 4th October
9am 9am World Championships (Day Two)
Second Edition (Standard)

9:30am Virtual Tournament
Second Edition (Virtual)

9:30am Project Lockhart Release
First Edition (Official)
10am 10am Project Lockhart Release
First Edition (Official)

10am Standard Orbit
Second Edition (Standard)
10am World Championships (Day One)
Second Edition (Standard)

10:30am Traditional Tournament
First Edition (Traditional)
10:30am Multiplayer Team Tournament
Second Edition (Standard)
11am 11am WCT Champions League
Second Edition (Standard)
11am Standard Orbit
First Edition (Official)
1pm 1:30pm Double Deck Challenge
Second Edition (Standard)

1:30pm Open Tournament
First Edition (Open)
2pm 2:30pm Race to the Alpha Quadrant
Second Edition (Standard)
3pm 3pm World Championships
First Edition (Official)
3:30pm Iron Man
First Edition (Official)
4pm 4pm OTSD Tournament
First Edition (Sealed)
6pm 6pm Biermeister
Second Edition (Standard)
7pm 7pm Infinite Diversity Draft
Second Edition (Draft)
8pm 8pm World Championships

The Prize Table

Schloss Picard Wine

Tournament Reviews

Friday's Project Lockhart Release: This was the first of three tournaments scheduled to ease players in on Friday morning. It was a First Edition tournament that only attracted three players. Players were all given nine cards from the new virtual expansion - Straight and Steady - and they could include as many, or as few, as they desired in their constructed decks. The only information available is the results, which show that Martin Felber (Enabran), from Austria, beat both Rafael Palenta (timeruler) and Alexander Schmitz (TyKajada) to win the tournament. Rafael beat Alexander to finish in second place. No deck information is available.

Friday's Standard Orbit: The second Friday morning tournament, for those Second Edition players not participating in the WCT Champions League tournament, was the Standard Orbit. This format involves players moving seats every 15 minutes, while their decks remain on the table for the next player to continue playing. Will Hoskin (Gumbo) was the only unbeaten player, but unfortunately for him, this format takes into account the deck as well as the player. Will's [TN] Terok Nor deck did not perform well, so the ultimate winner was Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper), from Germany / United States, whose [SF] Starfleet deck was undefeated.

Friday's WCT Champions League: The third tournament of the morning was only open to players who had amassed at least 25 WCT lifetime points. The winner would receive byes through the first two rounds of Day One of the World Championships on Saturday, so this tournament was greatly anticipated. Also greatly anticipated was the arrival of John Corbett (KillerB) for this tournament, as European players were queuing up around the block for the chance to play him. John arrived fresh from a three-hour-delayed trans-Atlantic flight, and was promptly beaten in the first round by a fellow American, Geoffery Peterson (Madred). With 18 players from four different countries playing, it was tough to pick a favorite for this tournament. The final came down to Jens Beilstein (Goran), the twelfth seed from Germany; versus Geoffery Peterson, the fourteenth seed from the United States. Jens won, and was the recipient of the two byes for the World Championship the next day.

Friday's Race to the Alpha Quadrant: 22 players participated in this Second Edition tournament on Friday afternoon. Each round, each player would receive a random rule that would affect his or her game. Some rules were good (you can pick your opening hand) and others were bad (you must attempt missions with nine personnel). Once per tournament, players could reject their assigned rule and receive another. After four rounds, two players were undefeated. Soren Ramme Nielsen (s_ramme), from Denmark and playing [SF] Starfleet, won the tournament by edging out Neil Timmons (ntimmons), from the United States and playing [TOS] Original Series, thanks to a slightly superior strength of schedule.

Race to the Alpha Quadrant

First Edition Worlds

Huge First Edition Draw Decks!

Friday's First Edition World Championships: Twelve players, from four countries, took part in this five-round tournament, in which no player lost all five games. Head judge Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper) reports that, as the tournament progressed, fewer and fewer games were being completed within the one hour time limit. This meant that, heading into the fifth and final round, no fewer than six players had a chance to qualify for the final confrontation which would crown the winner. After the final round, three players were tied on victory points, but tiebreakers meant that the final would be contested between two German players: Andreas Rheinländer (Dukat), playing Hirogen/Vidiian/Borg; and Sebastian Kirstein (Caretaker's Guest), playing [Fer] Ferengi. They began the final confrontation knowing that Sebastian had already beaten Andreas in the fifth round; however, Andreas was better able to use his knowledge of his opponent's deck, and won the game 75-30. Andreas Rheinländer is the 2010 First Edition World Champion. Congratulations Andreas!
Pictures: 25 pictures, mainly of First Edition Worlds, can be found on open-cards.com

After the tournament was over, 2010 First Edition World Champion Andreas Rheinländer consented to a quick interview:

Editor's Note: The following interview is presented as typed by the parties involved. No edits have been made to their work.

Q: Congratulations on your win Andy. You began the championship season by winning a Regional tournament, where you played [Dom] Dominion. Did you feel that deck was not good enough to win the World Championships?
A: Not exactly. The Regional was played in Open Format, while the World Championships was to be in the new Official Format. Actually, I had an idea for a [Dom] Dominion deck for Worlds, but with the new format and Clone Machine banned, my Jemmie deck was dead. I also wanted to prove a point: that a ban list cannot keep the [DQ] Delta Quadrant from being good. There is also one other issue: the Dominion has a problem - the setup is very time-consuming. At the Regional this year, I was lucky in many ways. At Worlds, I thought, I could not count on that.

Q: You played a Hirogen/Vidiian/Non-Aligned Delta Borg deck in the world Championships. Why did you pick this deck?
A: It is still the most reliable affiliation combination: an undestroyable treaty, easy-to-complete missions and very good personnel reporting for free, as well as the Borg trio of Lansor, P'Chan and Marika, One and Seven of Nine (both of them virtually for free) at Assist Cooperative sharing skills.

Q: How does your deck work?
A: Please see my deck list on open-cards.com. It includes a tournament report, and contains any and all information about how the deck works and how it played.

Q: Did you add any specific cards for the World Championships?
A: Not exactly. The entire deck was specifically designed for Worlds, about one week before, to adapt to the current situation. Since the ban list constantly evolves, this deck will never see the light of the day again (and never did before). Nonetheless, a lot of the cards in the deck were included only to cause damage: Strange New Worlds, Leck (with Ferengi Infestation), Docking Procedures, Scout Encounter plus Vidiian Scout Vessel and so on. More details can be found in my deck list / report on open-cards.com.

Q: If you couldn't have played this deck, what would have been your second choice?
A: A tough one. I did not think about an alternative. However, I think I would either have played a nasty battle deck (e.g. Dominion / Kazon) or a reliable solver (like a Bajoran / Dominion DS9 deck).

Q: Who was your toughest opponent?
A: I have to point out that Sebastian Kirstein (Caretaker's Guest), the 2010 World Championship runner-up has always been my toughest opponent. I have never won against him at a tournament since the Continuing Committee began managing them. However, there were a lot of other very good players and the further I progressed through the tournament, the smaller the differential became. One of the most exciting games was the fourth game against Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB). It was very close and he was a good sportsman. I was quite impressed how someone could still concentrate on the game while preparing for the Biermeister tournament.

Q: After losing to Sebastian Kirstein in the final round, you had to play him again in the final confrontation. As you both knew something about each other's decks, how did you adjust your game for this final?
A: The most important thing was rearranging my dilemmas. Since there was one mission I was sure he would not attempt, I left only one dilemma there (a Female's Love Interest & Garbage Scow combo at a lonely Mirror Quadrant mission which he therefore could not have completed) and so I had one extra dilemma. I also made new dilemma combos in an attempt to surprise him. Also, I did not use all of my deck mechanisms in the first game. I hoped I could use them the second time.

Q: Do you have anything else to add?
A: Yes, a little thing I remembered. As stated in my deck list, I had several copies of the Second Edition backwards compatible card Strange New Worlds in my deck. It is a really nasty card in combination with Cytoplasmic Life-Form. There was not a single game where there would be the right moment to use this card! Another funny thing was I Hate You and Seven of Nine / One. Since Seven and One share their skills, in one game, this dilemma was under two missions and I had to get rid of Seven in both cases so that she would not share her skill with One. It did cost me a full win, nonetheless, I found this situation cool in a way.

Thanks Andy!

More First Edition Worlds

First Edition Prizes

Biermeister Prizes

Friday's Biermeister: Twelve players, from five countries, decided that the best preparation for the Second Edition World Championships on Saturday was to spend Friday evening drinking copious amounts of alcohol. This was the tournament where drinking is just as important as playing, and disqualifications for just about any reason you can think of were rampant. World Biermeister Association (WBA) Chairman Thomas Vorwerk (Borgified Tribble) has written a history of the Biermeister for those interested in the background on the event. Tales of Tequila ties, double drinking rounds, man love, Neil Timmons (ntimmons) falling off his chair twice, arm wrestling, and six disqualifications can be found in the comprehensive tournament report written by Thomas Vorwerk, which I thoroughly recommend reading. After many, many, many drinks were consumed; Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) was crowned the 2010 World Biermeister. Congratulations Johannes!

Note: Normally, this is the section where I would interview the new world champion; but seeing the state of the players the next morning, and reading various posts on the forums, has led me to believe that not being able to remember what happened during the tournament would result in a very bland interview.

Friday's Infinite Diversity Draft: While the drunks were playing their tournament, 14 sober players, from five countries, participated in an Infinite Diversity draft. Half of the group drafted "Classic TNG" boosters, while the other half drafted "Dominion War" boosters, before building decks and playing three rounds. Despite the potential for multiple undefeated players, competition was very tough, and only one player managed it. Peter Machovits (Pille1701), from Austria, should be congratulated on this impressive feat. Special mention should also go to Thomas Schneider (thsch) and Michael van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) for their drafting skills, as they managed to draft five copies of In Development between them. If you include the one copy they each started with, that means their game featured no less than seven copies of this one-drop-stop dilemma.

Saturday's Second Edition World Championships (day one): 54 players helped to make this (we think) the biggest Star Trek CCG Second Edition World Championship tournament ever! With players from Germany (24), Austria (8), the United States (7), The Netherlands (4), The United Kingdom (4), The Czech Republic (3), Australia (2) and Denmark (2), this tournament has also likely set the record for the most nationalities competing. Before the tournament, someone had calculated that a record of five wins and three losses would help you make the Top 16 and qualify for Day Two of the championships, so competition was to be fierce. There was a wide variety of affiliations being played. The most popular of which was [SF] Starfleet, played by twelve players; followed by [TOS] Original Series, played by nine players. Other affiliations played were 5 [Bor] Borg, 4 [TNG] Next Generation, 4 [Voy] Voyager/Equinox, 3 [Fer] Ferengi, 3 [Rom] Romulan, 2 [Car] Cardassian, 2 [Dom] Dominion, 2 [Kli] Klingon, 1 [Baj] Bajoran, 1 [DS9] Deep Space 9, 1 [Maq] Maquis, 1 [TN] Terok Nor, 1 [Baj] [DS9] Bajoran / Deep Space 9, 1 [Maq] [TN] Maquis / Terok Nor, 1 [Rom] [TN] Romulan / Terok Nor and 1 [Kli] [TOS] Klingon / Original Series. A mere twelve hours - including two half-hour breaks - after it began, the tournament was over. The top two players suffered just one loss each: Jirka Paska (Taurnil), from the Czech Republic, playing a [SF] Starfleet deck titled "Worlds day 1 SF"; and Thomas Schneider (thsch), from Germany, playing a [SF] Starfleet deck titled "Damaged Staarfleet - Worlds". Thomas could only manage a modified win against Vladimir Vrbata (vlasopes) in the third round, so he finished second; while Jirka, with seven full wins, finished first and took the top seed for Day Two of the event on Sunday. The deck lists are still being entered, but you can see those that have been on the tournament results page.
Tournament Report: Jirka Paska (Taurnil)'s Day One report.

Second Edition Worlds

The Day Two Bracket

Saturday's Traditional Tournament: While the Second Edition World Championships were underway, five players participated in this First Edition tournament. After an interesting first round in which both games finished in a 0-0 tie, the players worked-out how their decks worked, and were able to actually score points in the next three rounds. Christian Schopmans, playing in his first Continuing Committee sanctioned tournament, was undefeated and won the tournament; while Robin Rattay, also playing in his first Continuing Committee sanctioned tournament, took second place with just one modified loss. No affiliation information has been entered for this tournament.

Saturday's OTSD Tournament: When the traditional tournament had ended, four players stuck around to play in this Official Tournament Sealed Deck (OTSD) tournament on Saturday afternoon. They only managed to play two rounds, but Robin Rattay and Christian Schopmans - now playing in their second Continuing Committee sanctioned tournaments - took the top two places again. This time though, Robin placed higher than Christian thanks to a greater differential.

To Be Continued...

This review of the 2010 World Championships continues tomorrow.

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